Because ethnomusicology is the study of a variety of musics in diverse cultures, it provides insights into the culturally varied way people think and act, insights that are essential for students living in a diverse, multicultural world.

Students will develop skills in designing and undertaking original research through fieldwork that involves interviewing and cultural participation, in addition to library and archival research. Fieldwork requires skills in observation, reporting, documenting, analysing, and multicultural understanding, all of which are synthesized into written form.

The interdisciplinary basis of ethnomusicology, together with the transferable skills and knowledge acquired during its study, make it beneficial for students taking a range of majors, and for students planning any number of careers.

Studies in ethnomusicology may complement or lead to careers in:

  • academia
  • archives and museums
  • arts administration
  • broadcasting
  • education
  • festivals and the music industry
  • music management and promotion
  • libraries
  • journalism
  • government
  • policy making.

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Chris McDonald
Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology

Office: CE251

Phone: 563-1415

Heather Sparling
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology / Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Musical Traditions)

Office: CE263B

Phone: 902.563.1242

Marcia Ostashewski
Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology / Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Communities and Cultures)

Office: CE248

Phone: 563-1810

Kate Dunlay
Lecturer of Celtic Music within the Ethnomusicology Program

Office: Off Campus

Phone: 902.445.9797

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Kyle MacNeil